The St. Louis Cardinals and Aledmys Diaz have agreed to a four-year Major League contract, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. He will be heading to Jupiter, Florida (where the Cardinals' Spring Training hub is), to work out with the club on Monday.
Sanchez noted that the Cubs were also in the running for Diaz, and officials watched him work out on Monday in Mesa. The Yankees also were considered to be interested in Diaz as well, but they did not decide to make another splash this off season.
Diaz defected from Cuba in 2012 while playing with the Cuban national baseball team. He was declared ineligible to sign with a MLB team until Februrary 14, 2014, because Diaz had lied about his age. He held a showcase for MLB teams on February 13, 2014.
From 2009-2010, Diaz was the shortstop for the Villa Clara team. He batted .282/.348/.363 and fielded .950. He tied for fifth in the Serie Nacional with 18 errors, having fixed up his defense. He does not show much power, but did do a great job of getting on base 34.8% of the time.